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leaf week one

In Uncategorized on May 20, 2011 at 11:41 am

It’s been 1 week since I turned my leaf. Since then I have:

  • Walked/Run 10.63 Miles
  • I have gotten up before 6:00 am to exercise 3 times.
  • I have NOT gotten up when the alarm went off twice.
  • I have eaten 2 salads for lunch. If you know me that’s huge.
  • I have NOT eaten at Chipotle.
  • I have NOT had a Dr. Pepper [ or any other tasty sweet beverage ]
  • I have registered for the Kansas City Half Marathon [ see photographic evidence ]
  • And craziest of all, I still weigh 218.

a new [old] leaf

In Uncategorized on May 13, 2011 at 8:49 am

Yesterday I was inspired by a few things to, well, turn over a new leaf. But it isn’t entirely new, because what I really want to do is get back to some practices of my younger years. I’ll talk about this new [old] leaf more but first the things that inspired me.

  • This video about dirty jobs.
  • I read this series of blog posts about setting a new path.
  • Then I played softball last night and my body felt way too tired after running to 1st base. But even more so, my friend Ron who is in great shape for a man his age, [actually great shape period] asked me, “When are you going to run again? I want to see the James from the years I missed.”

Ron’s comments helped the inspiration of the video and the blog aim into a goal.

  • I don’t want to be out of shape any more.
  • I don’t want my shirts and pants to be too tight.
  • I don’t want to be winded after a run to first base.
  • I want to share running with my kids. [ I always dreamed of doing that]


  • I want to weigh 185 [I currently weigh 218]
  • I want to run the Kansas City half marathon

I am going to do this by:

  • Cutting down on eating out.
  • Eat a salad for lunch at least once per week.
  • Use RunKeeper iPhone app to track my progress.
  • Walk at work
  • Run 3 days per week, building to 5 days per week.

As an initial motivator I will not eat at Chipotle or drink a Dr. Pepper until I have gone 30 miles, which should take 2-3 weeks at this point.

I have lived a running life style before, I have tried to go back before

But now I commit to turning over my new [old] leaf.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock

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